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Poster: WillCo Date: Jul 28, 2011 1:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming player

Winamp has for some years done almost everything I want, and I haven't explored it fully by any means. These benefits come to mind as far as my experience goes:

1)It handles flac and shorten files transparently (I think there may have been an add-on involved);
2)It seems to run without using huge amounts of the PC's resources (my PC's fan SCREAMS whenever iTunes is running);
3)It can be made to wr*te str**ms to your h**d d*sk (go figure);
4)Upgrades and updates arrive in a benificent fashion, at sensible intervals. When you install updates it accepts any defaults you are currently using and does not try to elbow its way to being your favourite cd player, video player etc.; nor does it force its way onto your desktop, startup tray etc. (As opposed to iTunes/Quicktime and Windows MP);
5) It has a remote player which links an internet radio (and other devices on the home network) to my music library.

My daughter swears by Spotify which I believe is now starting up in the U.S. She's just loaded it for me this week, and it looks great: it incorporates another good player and excellent facilities for sharing playlists via Facebook etc. Plus lots of opportunities for cheaply trying out music.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jul 28, 2011 7:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming player - Spotify

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/28/technology/personaltech/spotify-unshackles-online-music-david-pogue.html

I never heard of Spotify until today.